Life span: 13 to 15 years
Height: 17 – 19 inches (male), 16 – 18 inches (female)
Weight: 30 – 40 lbs. (male), 25 – 35 lbs. (female)
A relative of the Icelandic Sheepdog, the Norwegian Buhund is a medium-sized breed that is of the Spitz type. The Buhund is used as a farm dog, and it is especially talented as a herding dog. In addition, its courageous attitude makes it a great guard dog. Like most Spritz type breeds, the Buhund has a foxlike face with a heavy coat that comes in both cream and black colors.
This breed enjoys spending time with its family, and despises being alone. They get along well with children and other household pets. However, anyone looking to own them must keep in mind they are very loud and vocal dogs.
Their ears are large and remain erect, their tail is medium length and curls over its back. The eyes are brown with a black nose. Their double coat is made up of a dense undercoat that is soft to the touch, and a straight overcoat that is straight and hard to the touch. Coat colors include black, light brown, and cream colored.
In Norway, during an excavation, dogs similar to the Norwegian Buhund were found in a huge Viking grave that dated back to approximately 900 A.D. They were later examined and found to be Spitz that were related to the Norwegian Buhund. Given that Vikings usually buried what was precious to them with them, it is believed they truly loved the dogs, who traveled with them everywhere. The current breed was not a travel companion, but a guard dog for farmers and herders and originated in the Western coastlands of Norway. They soon started being used as police dogs due to their incredible hearing. However, they were not very popular, and it was until 1920 that they were shown in a conformation show. In 1939, Norsk Buhund klubb (a breed club) was created in Norway, and in 1980 the breed was brought into the United States. In 1996 they were recognized by the United Kennel Club, and in 2009 by the American Kennel Club.
This loving breed enjoys spending time with its family the most, and does not like being left alone. They get along well with children and other household pets. However, they tend to attempt to herd people or cars so never let them out without a leash or on an area that is not fenced. They are quite wary of strangers, which makes them great watchdogs. They are also extremely loud pets, and will constantly bark, howl, or vocalize its feelings in any way it can.
This breed is generally healthy, however, they may suffer from:
Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.
Von Willebrand’s Disease, which is a blood disease that affects the clotting process, its symptoms can be nosebleeds, prolonged bleeding from surgery, occasional blood in stools, etc.
This breed needs to be brushed two times a week, and daily during shedding season. Bathing should be done only when necessary, given that they are naturally very clean and odorless. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. They are very high energy and need to be exercised twice a day through long runs. Training might be difficult, as they get easily distracted. However, they will usually pay attention to you if you offer them food.